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If you’re an Android user, Microsoft releases ‘your phone’, PC and Smartphone sync app

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After working with Microsoft insiders since last month on “Your Phone” app, an application that syncs your Android phone with Windows PC, Microsoft has unveiled a public version of Microsoft “Your Phone” app.

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Your Phone app is only available to Windows 10 users who have April 2018 Windows update. You can get it on Microsoft store for 10mb. Another requirement to get the feature working is an Android phone running Andriod 7.0 and above.

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Your phone app helps you share stuffs between your smartphone and PC on the fly without USB. Currently, you can only drag and drop photos to PC after you’ve setup remote connections.

Microsoft is hoping to add new feature such as text message and notification sync, in order to mirror your basic phone activities on PC.

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Your Phone app would have been a feature that will come alongside Microsoft’s Redstone 5 windows 10 upgrade. But, fortunately, you got it earlier. Its unclear what plans Microsoft towards iOS version of your phone app.

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Why Google pushing OEMs to release regular security updates is best for you.

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Andriod phones are powered by an open source Android OS owned by Google.

Open source, meaning OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) can use Andriod OS in devices anyway fit. The free nature of Android OS allows OEMs to make customisation which makes an application standout in the Android market space, giving rise to Android Fragmentation.

Meanwhile, a different story is being told in the closed source iOS device space.

Andriod Fragmentation is refered to the reducded interoperability across devices of application. The major cause of Android Fragmentation is due to number of Android OS versions.
Google introduced project treble in Android 8.0, to tackle this rising calamity.

Normally, Google releases security patches monthly for the Andriod OS. But, it’s a herculean task for OEMs to incorporate these updates into their varying devices. Thanks to Android One, devices running Android One give lesser hassle.

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OEMs are now expected to seal a written deal with Google to frequently release Security patches to devices according to a contract document received by The Verge. It requires Andriod OEMs to push updates to popular phones.

It states that OEMs are mandated to roll out regularly updates for two years to popular device manufactured from 31st January 2018. According to Google, it classifies a popular device as a device that 100,000 and above users have activated.

In addition, from 31st January, 2019, devices labelled as “security mandatory device” must receive frequent updates within 90 days interval.

Clearly, Google doesn’t make it compulsory for OEMs to release Andriod updates to devices, instead security patches.

If an OEM doesn’t comply with Google’s terms, “Google says it could withhold approval of future phones, which could prevent them from being released”, according to The Verge.

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There’re still chances that the new contract won’t reduce Android Fragmentation in the nearest future. But in years to come, there’s a possibility of a kind of sync across varying devices. Security patches are highly important because they cover up loop holes which Google itself spots. Leaving out device in the market without paying attention to the possible room for attack is a bad habit.

In Nigeria, Android phones which I’ve come across receive security patches. The challenge is the cost of data to download the patch. It gets more serious when multiple updates which come at different times are ignored. It increases the internet data size required. Most users therefore do not mind the security updates.

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Microsoft News replaces MSN, application launched for both iOS and Android

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Microsoft News – Microsoft  has launched a rebranded news app for both iOS and Android phones. You may be wondering what happened to Windows phones, well read this.

Microsoft news is the new name for Microsoft’s new engine that powers MSN, windows 10 and Microsoft Edge.

The windows brand today launched Microsoft news  that you can call a remake from the old MSN. The application looks to replace MSN in both android and Apple phones but the website still remains MSN.com. MSN is a news curation website that was launched wayback 1995, sourcing content from over 3000 premium publishers. MSN on a daily basis receives up to 100,000 news content which are carefully selected by the help of an A.I to determine it’s freshness and quality. The moved to 800 editors worldwide for content curation.

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Microsoft news app on mobile phones gives the same feature like the desktop version. Modern user interface could be noticed as the application is designed to give a better experience. You get to customise your feed, follow selected news categories like world news, fashion, tech etc. Breaking news alert can also be customised to notify you, so that you stay abreast of the latest happenings. Take dark theme as a bonus.

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“Microsoft News is the new name for our news engine that powers familiar sites like MSN.com, and our newly redesigned Microsoft News app for iOS and Android,” says Rob Bennett, editor-in-chief of Microsoft News. “Microsoft News also powers news on Microsoft Edge, the News app in Windows 10, Skype, Xbox and Outlook.com.”

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